Zach Green is a film producer and along with writer/director Richard Powell they form Fatal Pictures, a Canadian independent film production company which has produced four award-winning, critically acclaimed short films that have garnered awards ranging from BEST PICTURE to BEST DIRECTOR. Their previous film Familiar (2012) is available on iTunes now. Their current film on the circuit, HEIR, won BEST SHORT FILM @ Morbido Film Festival (2015) a few month ago in Mexico. Zach took a moment out of his hectic schedule to speak with Fountain Pop about filmmaking, the life of an independent producer and the challenges of making short films. Read the full interview here.
“If anyone foolishly thought that, after Worm and Familiar, a pair of deeply unsettling short films, Richard Powell, Fatal Pictures‘ writer and director, would settle down and make something pleasant for the kiddies, they’re in for something of a shock with this one. Sure, its tagline does suggest that, reading simply, ‘A touching tale of father and son’, but it’s playing more literally with those words, even if it obscures everything in a web of deceit and another abstraction into body horror.” – Apocalypse Later
Read the entire review here.
FATAL PICTURES is VERY HONORED to have HEIR nominated for BEST SHORT FILM. From the great folks @ I Horror ! Please go vote for HEIR now, here!
Big thanks to FANGORIA for this great coverage!
As we continue to look back at the year recently concluded, attention must be paid to the short films that made their way around the fest circuit. And there’s no better sampler than a look at those minimovies that played in the Small Gauge Trauma lineup at last summer’s Fantasia festival in Montreal, many of them making world or international premieres.
Small Gauge Trauma has always been an excellent sampler of what this particular film scene has to offer, and the 2015 crop was no exception: “HEIR, by Richard Powell: The “eewwwww” factor is high as a father takes his son to a “play date” with an old college pal that’s unsavory to start with and gets more grotesque as it goes along. Powell handles potentially exploitative subject matter with a certain amount of restraint for the most part, with plenty of uncomfortable intimations, and makes good use of the ubiquitous Bill Oberst Jr.’s creepy talents as the dad’s friend. In fact, it’s such a strong exploration—and indictment—of behavioral horror that the inclusion of explicit slime-monster FX in the second half feels a little misjudged (though the special makeup by The Butcher Shop, even in tight close-up, is first-rate).“ Check out the entire article here!
HEIR (2015) Easily the best horror short I saw in 2015. HEIR comes to us from Fatal Pictures, the same crew that brought us WORM and FAMILIAR. HEIR, though, goes further then the two shorts before it, and delves into some truly depraved and disturbing territory. Starring Robert Nolan, who starred in all three shorts from Fatal Pictures, HEIR is a story that takes the idea of anyone who abuses a child as being a monster to the next level. As writer-director Richard Powell explains:
“HEIR suggests that victimization through sexual abuse leads to mutation of the psyche, soul and in our film, flesh itself.”
HEIR is a brilliant short film that will get under your skin and have you thinking about it for weeks on end. Check out the entire list here!
Fatal Pictures is extremely proud & honored to be an Official Selection @ Landshuter Film Festival, March 9th – 14th 2016
“Once the film’s three focal players share the frame, things escalate from eerie to nauseating and eventually downright paralyzing. While we won’t spill too many details of the story, you can bet that Heir will leave you juggling a myriad of emotions, with fear and disgust fronting the pack. If you’re a parent, you may opt to skip this one entirely. That said, if you’re a fanatic for original films that deliver shock and awe through every transition, you should seek this one out immediately. It’s heartbreaking and stomach-turning. It’s also one of the greatest short films to be released in 2015.” Entire review here!